It’s always amazing to watch the MasterChef series. Whether it’s the Australian or the Korean edition. Watching contestants cut, chop and sauté their way up from grandmother’s recipes to Michelin-star worthy dishes is simply fascinating. We are envious at the opportunity to learn to cook at such a breathtaking pace.
What’s more exciting is that Asia is next in line for the popular reality cooking competition and the first season of MasterChef Asia will be shot in Singapore. The 15-episode season features aspiring home cooks from China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. They will face the newly appointed panel of judges which includes Hong Kong-born celebrity chef Susur Lee who is often referred to as the ‘Father of Fusion’, 3 Michelin-starred chef Bruno Menard, and MasterChef Australia finalist, Audra Morrice.
Michele Schofield, senior vice president for Programming and Production at A+E Networks Asia said that the team has considered many chefs from around Asia and internationally to finally find a panel with the right combination of knowledge, passion, charisma and warmth.
“Susur brings stellar Asian food expertise and extensive technical knowledge, while Bruno has undisputed Michelin-rated credentials based in classic French cuisine. Audra’s cooking is rooted in South Asian cuisine as well as pastry; she has a unique relatability to the contestants and is testament to the opportunity that MasterChef offers home cooks,” she adds.
The closet chefs at GrateNews will be watching the competition keenly to pick up a cooking technique or two from the show. Who knows, we may field one of our own in Season 2 of MasterChef Asia.